Minutes of councils held by James McLaughlin, United States Indian Inspector, with the Indians of Red Lake Agency, Minnesota, from March 4th to March 10th, 1902, for Cession of land.
1902 cession of eleven western townships, Red Lake Indian Reservation, "council" proceedings, page 43

 

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interpreters remain here with you and explain each days session, I will, however, state here for the benefit of those who have not been at all of our councils, what my offer is.  The tract of land that will be included in the cession, if we conclude an agreement, contains 256,152 28/100 acres.    My offer is a definite lump sum, $960,670, based upon the number of acres included in the cession, calculated at $3.75 per acre, and my suggestion was that the money be paid you in eleven payments, the first payment to be within 90 days after the agreement is ratified by Congress, and the remainder in ten annual payments thereafter.   I stated that $260,670 would be paid you in the first payment and that it would leave $700,000 to be divided into ten annual payments of $70,000 each year, for ten years.   There are, according to the rolls of your agency, 1332 Indians, men, women and children, belonging on your reservation at the present time, and calculating upon eight additional for children that may be born, would make 1340 persons, and for 1340 persons it would be about $195.00 for each man, woman and child on the reservation, for the first payment. The $70,000 a year for ten years, divided among the same number of people, would give a little over $52.00 per capita, it would be about $52.20 a year for each man, woman and child, each year, for ten years.   Now remember I don't force this manner of payment upon you.  That is for you to determine, if you would rather these payments to continue for fifteen or twenty years and have smaller payments each year, well and good.  I only suggest this.  It is for you to decide how you want it.  If the chief who has been ill and unable to be present at our councils heretofore wishes to hear everything that has been said I think the better way is as I have suggested.  That is, take the minutes of our councils, which you people have a duplicate of, and have them read and explained by the three interpreters.  The matter is plainly presented there and answers to all the questions propounded



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